Torille? Finnish underground car park chosen as the best in Europe

The four-storey underground car park was opened in autumn 2018 and has space for 1950 vehicles.

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Composite image of Redi underground car park / Credit: Redi

Finns love a celebration when they’re crowned the best in the world – whether it’s ice hockey or, well, basically just ice hockey.

But what about underground car parks? Proud Finns might like to know that a parking structure under the streets of east Helsinki has just been named the best in Europe.

The Redi parking garage scooped first place for best new car park at the European Parking Awards, beating out entrants from Lisbon and Barcelona to lift the top prize.

Among the features the four-storey structure was praised for include a car wash service and soon-to-be-opened mechanics service; colour-coded parking areas; recycling point; parking for 1950 vehicles; 300 commuter parking spaces and 227 electronic charging points for cars; license plate recognition systems and ‘parking assist’ technology to make the whole parking process stress-free.

The Redi shopping centre was opened in autumn 2018 as part of a wider redevelopment of Helsinki’s Kalasatama neighbourhood.